Lets just get right down to business here
Let’s talk a little about Duke Thomas, who’s been the focus of the “Cursed Wheel” back up stories for the duration of “All Star.” This issue left him in a bit of a tenuous spot — can you tease what readers should expect to see from Duke and his role in the Bat Family in the future?
Definitely. Duke’s played a big role for us in terms of supporting cast for a while and we want people to get used to seeing him with the Bat Family. I get worried sometimes that throwing somebody into the mix in Gotham without a “home” — no matter how cool the character may be — they can kind of wind up vanishing.
With Duke, it’s about long discussions with Geoff Johns and DC about finding the most viable place to land him. Is putting him in the mantle of a known character of somebody else that exists like a Robin or a Nightwing? Or is it trying something original?
We veered towards the latter, so with the next issue, you’ll see a big change in terms of his status and his mission. It’s going to lead into the story I’m doing with Greg Capullo. [Duke] evolves within that story, and you’ll see his role within the Family really crystallize at the beginning of the event [this summer].
So [the “Cursed Wheel”] is going to end with a bit of a cliffhanger. You’ll see the transformation of him into a character will have a very distinct role in Gotham, and with the rest of the Family; and also reveal things about some mysteries going on around the DC Universe as well.
How about wanting to tell good stories about him instead of wanting to see people get used to him? how about not worrying about him vanishing?
He's not even denying the the fact that he just wants this character to be a thing, he's not even denying his bias and favoritism. He wants Duke to be a mainstay and he's pretty much willing to do anything to get there.
Oh and remember Damian Wayne playing such a huge role in Final Crisis? yeah good times, also remember Dick Grayson getting top billing in Flashpoint...oh wait. Jesus how about pushing Grayson you know the guy getting his own movie in this event instead of Duke.
This is just ridiculous, it is desperate and frankly unprofessional. He's just pushing his pet for the sake of pushing him.
Any hints as to what his codename might be?
Yeah! Well, it’s all been decided. It’s actually been one of the biggest debates. Everybody has a name they want for him, and they’ve changed as his role has changed.
Here’s what I love about Duke as a character: He’s always believed, as a kind of outsider from the Family, that heroes are independent of their their inspiration. [He believes that] Robin was independent of Batman, and doesn’t “need” him in that way. Similarly, all the other [Gotham] heroes go out at night, Duke is starting to go out by day. The city is very different then. He’s following in the footsteps of his parents that way. So all this starts to crystalize around who he’s going to be.
There have been different names. As he’s evolved, people wanted to call him all kinds of bat terms, but I think we’ve settled on something that works
Batman of day? OKKKKKKKK
I’ve always really liked “Lark” for him, and that name got a little shout-out in this issue.
Yeah, I do too! Not to talk too “inside baseball” here, but the fact is that I’m really interested in giving a new writer [from my class] a chance with him, and an artist. So the concern I had with [the name Lark] was pointed out by DC, which I think is logical. It’s that that name doesn’t have quite the “teeth” for a series. It doesn’t sound…y’know, [Laughs] “Let’s go get ‘em!”
For as much as I like [the name], it needs a little more “muscle,” according to [editorial], and I would agree with that. So, we’ll see! These are the discussions we have long, long talks and lots of things on the board over.
The takeaway from it is this: At this point in my career, it means a lot more to me to try and create new characters and land them in ways that open up avenues for other writers and artists to drive in. I think [Duke] will get new kinds of stories. If he works [solo], nothing would make me happier. If he doesn’t, he’ll always have a home with the Bat Family.
You know I can understand someone wanting to push a character he's become so attached to that he wants to continue writing him and to do that he obviously needs more books. Snyder is willing to shill him so that...someone else can write him? WTF? how does this make sense?
Why is DC entertaining this non sense? Snyder and King are one jump the shark moment away from crashing the Batman line. All it'll take is another Bruce death and Duke as his placement storyline for that to happen. Already Tynion is bearing the criticism of what he's doing in Tec. Certainly I get the impression that Duke's codename will be Batman, YUP and by the looks of things we're gonna be getting a Batman book that finally fails with in a year if DC decides to publish a Batman book with Duke. The fact Snyder wont even write it by his own admission seals it.
This is just sad.